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The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord


Their second album released in 1968, In Search of the Lost Chord, is the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns. They dumped the orchestra this time out in favor of Mike Pinder’s Mellotron, which was a more than adequate substitute, and the rest of the band joined in with flutes, sitar, tablas, and cellos, the playing of which was mostly learned on the spot.


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The whole album was one big experiment to see how far the group could go with any instruments they could find, thus making this album a rather close cousin to the Beatles records of the same era. It is all beautiful and elegant, and Legend of a Mind’s chorus about Timothy Leary’s “dead/Oh, no — he’s outside, looking in” ended up anticipating reality. Upon his death in 1996, Leary was cremated and launched into space on a privately owned satellite, with the remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (another ’60s pop culture icon) and other well-heeled clients.


1. Departure
2. Ride My See-Saw
3. Dr. Livingstone I Presume
4. House of Four Doors
5. House of Four Doors Pt2
1. Voices in The Sky
2. The Best Way to Travel
3. Visions of Paradise
4. The Actor
5. The Word
6. Om


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm